Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Southern California Cities with Zip Code 92###
including San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

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Since 2009, this directory has listed art schools, ateliers, and studios where artists can paint, sculpt, or draw live art models. Life Drawing groups come and go, and schedules change, so it is wise to confirm with the organizer before attending. Please report any defunct groups or broken links to

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San Diego County

The Green Art House
located at the old San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course
31474 Golf Club Drive
Bonsall, CA 92003
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Open Life Drawing (Uninstructed). Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm. $15/session (includes model fee).
• Instructed Life Drawing. Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00noon. $45/session (includes model fee). See our website for other instructed classes.

The Village Art Center
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Portrait/Figure Painting in Oils and Pastels. Class meets 4 Tuesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm. Learn how to paint the human face and figure from photographs, mannikins and live costumed models. Short and long length of poses. Student brings art materials. Some easels, tables, and chairs available. There will be step by step demonstrations with lots of individual attention by Pamela Weisberg, founder and instructor. All levels. Also, seeking new art models.

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr (between D St & E St)
Encinitas, CA 92024
Organized by Jean Krumbein Telephone: 760-942-8738
The City presents a weekly Encinitas Library Figure Drawing Group every Friday 12:00-3:00pm. $10 donation requested to cover the expenses. We have two clothed models, and in the summer when our attendance is higher, we have three.

Watts Atelier of the Arts, LLC
171 Calle Magdalena Ste. 103
Encinitas, CA 92024 Telephone: 760-753-5378
Numerous classes and workshops including 20-minute Figure Lay-ins; Long Pose Drawing - Head and Figure; Figure Quicksketch; Reilly Abstraction - Head and Figure; Costumed Figure Painting; and Life Drawing Workshop.

REV Art Academy
191 N. El Camino Real, Suite 206
Encinitas, CA 92024
Classes include Figure Construction, Portrait Painting, Figure Painting, Quick Sketch Painting - Portrait/Figure, Figure Quick Sketch, Head Drawing, and Long Pose Head Drawing.

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido CA 92025 Telephone: 760-781-5779
Live drawing sessions are held at ArtHatch on an ongoing basis. Sessions are open to the public for a $10 fee. Sessions are held with a nude model for artists 18+. We ask you to bring a chair, supplies, and BYOB. Sorry, no photographers.

Fallbrook School of the Arts
310 East Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Telephone: 760-728-6383
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Studio with Model for Artists--all mediums. Once a month on a Friday 9:30am-12:30pm. See website for current schedule. Please register a minimum of one week in advance to avoid class cancellation. $15.00 including model fees.
Instructed classses include Classical Drawing and Contemporary Abstract Figurative Painting & Collage.

ArtBeat on Main Street
330 Main Street
Vista, CA 92084
Telephone: 760-295-3118
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm, Nude, 2-40 min poses, $12 uninstructed.
• Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Costume, 1 Long Pose, $15 uninstructed.
• Saturday 1:00-4:00pm, Nude/Lightly clothed, Patrons choice. $15 uninstructed.
Bring your own supplies. Equipment provided: easels, drawing horses, tables, chairs, model stand, props, fabrics. Call to book a session with an instructor.

Jo's Gallery and Studio
402 Market St. (Brokers Building)
San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619-850-9986
Learn how to draw the nude, portrait and clothed figure in an art-filled, comfortable environment. Bring you own drawing materials. Wednesdays 9:00am-noon. $30 per session. Instruction by Jo Caldwell, portrait and figurative oil painter.

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School San Diego
The Merrow
1271 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103 Telephone: 858-405-9453
Cabaret drawing events the third Saturday of every month, 3:00-6:00pm. This is the San Diego affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

The Art Academy of San Diego
3784 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104 Telephone: 619-231-3900
Classes include Intermediate and Advanced Drawing. Students work from the model during 2 of their 7 classes.

North Park Open Studio Figure Drawing Group
4044 Idaho Street
San Diego, CA 92104
We are a group artists that meet at the North Park Recreation Center every Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon to practice figure drawing with a nude art model. No photography of the model is allowed. You must be 18 years of age or older. We provide chairs and tables, but you must bring your own art supplies. We start with 2 minutes gestures, then 5 minute poses, a 10 minute pose, then followed by 20 minutes poses until the end. The last Thursday and Saturday of every month is one long pose after the gestures.

Athenaeum Art Center
1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113 Telephone: 858-454-5872
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Life Drawing with monitor (no instructor) takes place on Sundays 10:00am-1:00pm.
• Instructed classes include painting and drawing the human figure (Mondays 1:00-4:00pm) and sculpting the human figure (Fridays 1:30-4:30pm).
• We have a Portraiture drawing class (Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm) at our La Jolla location: 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037.

San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Chaffey Community Museum of Art
217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761
For more information, contact Elvis Hernandez at
Paint with other artists from a live model on the first Thursday of each month from 11:00-3:00pm. $10. One long pose. Workshop held in CCMA's Main Gallery, illuminated by north-facing natural clerestory light.

Joshua Tree Life Drawing League
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Friendship Hall
59700 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Artists contact:
Models contact:
Life Drawing sessions every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm. There is a $10 model fee. Models pose nude for several 1- to 5-minute gesture poses then 20-minute poses after that. Drawing benches are provided but you should bring your own drawing board and materials. No solvent please. We are looking for more models.

Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 Telephone: 760-322-4850
Life Drawing Workshops are non-instructional and are meant to provide an opportunity for artists at any level, working in any medium, to have access to a live, undraped art model in a casual and creative atmosphere. Class fee for Artists Council members is $20. Nonmembers pay $40. All workshops are on Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm. See website for dates.

Desert Art Center
550 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Telephone: 760-323-7973
Art classes include Life Drawing. You will have exercises to loosen up and instruction on how to render the human figure. Warm-up is usually in charcoal on newsprint with longer poses in the medium of your choice.

29 Palms Artists Guild
74055 Cottonwood Dr
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Life drawing every Thursday night from 5:30-8:30 for beginners through professionals. We have a variety of poses starting with gestures and ending with 25 minute poses and have both male and female models. All mediums are welcome but please bring a dropcloth. We meet in the Art Gallery's West wing with excellent lighting; easels available first come, first served. Fees are $5 to the gallery and artists split the models fee. This usually totals $15 or less per session. We are always looking for new models.

Idyllwild Arts
52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549 Telephone: 951-659-2171
Summer school classes include Color Boot Camp, Contemporary Approaches to Painting, Drawing Intensive, Encaustic Painting, The Figure/Still Life: Direct Painting, Narrative Figurative Painting, Travel Drawing & Painting, Watercolor from Within, Watercolor Unleashed & Painting the Figure in Watercolor.

Orange County

The La Habra Art Association
215 N. Orange Street
La Habra, CA 90631 Telephone: 562-691-9739
Life Drawing Session. Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm. Model Fee: $10 Bring your own supplies.

Ying Liu Portrait Workshop
Los Alamitos Community Center
10911 Oak Street,
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00 noon. See website for current dates and registration.

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Avenue
Irvine, CA 92604
Telephone: 949-724-6880
Classes include Portrait Sculpture.

Kazone Art Academy
4850 Barranca Parkway, Suite 201 (2nd Floor of Wells Fargo)
Irvine, CA 92604 Telephone: 949-825-5179
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed figure drawing and painting workshops, Mondays 7:00-10:00pm. $15 per session. This workshop is open to all artists and art students of any skill level. Instructed Figure Drawing classes are also available.

Blue Sky Academy of Art
770 Roosevelt #100
Irvine, CA 92620
Figure drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm. $15. Model will be nude. Poses will range from 2-20 minutes with the option to extend the last pose to 40 minutes (by special request). I have 6 horsies and 9 easels paired with chairs, if you are a 'sketchbooker' and do not need an easel, please place a single chair anywhere you would like and save the easel spots for others. Open medium. Light refreshments served.

Location 1980
1980 Placentia Ave. Suite B
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Telephone: 949-491-0616
Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm. $20. Hone your skills and nurture your creative soul by drawing the figure within a supportive community of artists, designers and other creatives. Great music, atmosphere and creative energy.

Laguna College of Art and Design - LCAD
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136
Figure Drawing Workshops, Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm except for holiday weekends. Studio 8. $15 drop in fee.

San Clemente Art Supply
1531 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672 Telephone:949-369-6603
Open Life Drawing, Mondays 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm, $12 per session, model fee included. Open Painting Studio with Models, Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, $15 per sessin, model fee included.

6630 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683 Telephone: 714-891-3626
$15 per session (buy four get one free, buy eight get three free). Catalyst is located in the strip mall next to Art Supply Warehouse.
• Nude Figure Drawing Sessions. Wednesday Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesday Nights 6:00-9:00pm. The models provide us with a variety of short and long poses, natural and dynamic, accentuating the human form for your study. All mediums are welcome. Bring your own materials. Easels / benches and refreshments are provided. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. As with any nude life drawing, we request courtesy to the art model and other artists—maturity and respect are key. Photography is not allowed.
• Long Pose Sundays. 4:00-7:00pm. Model may be nude, costumed, or draped.

The Art Studio
6450 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683 Telephone: 714-899-6001
We have a small group of committed artist who meet Monday mornings, 9:00am-12:00pm, for uninstructed drawing and/or painting. In our studio, we stage our model on a built up stand with professional lighting. If you would like the benefits of drawing from life, we welcome you to use our easels, tables, and chairs to work from. Cost to cover the model fees is $20. Please RSVP on a first come basis as space is limited to 10 artists.

Q Art Salon
205 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701 Telephone: 714-835-8833 (gallery)
Uninstructed figure modeling workshops are held every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9:30pm at the gallery. Tuesdays: 1st hour short poses, last 2 hours long pose. Thursdays: 3-hour long pose. $15 per session. No reservation needed. Snacks and Drinks provided.

CSUF's Pencil Mileage Club (PMC)
800 N. State College St.
Fullerton, CA 92831
We host a student-run figure drawing session that takes place on Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm at Cal State Fullerton. It's $5 per session! Because we are student-run, we occasionally won't have a model — instead we'll have students/attendees volunteer! Park in the Nutwood structure; school parking is $2/hour for a max of 2 hours or $8 for 3+ hours.

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